The New York State Education Commissioner announced at least one standardized test will be eliminated from the common core curriculum. YNN's Innae Park reports.
NEW YORK STATE -- State Education Commissioner Dr. John King says 8th graders in New York will have one less standardized test to take, thanks to a waiver granted by the federal Board of Education.
“We look forward to making change in the 8th grade testing requirements,” said Dr. King.
The change was announced in a letter to state superintendents Thursday, the same day that he rebooted public forums on the Common Core mandates, starting with one in Albany.
However, not all are optimistic. Billy Easton of the Alliance for Quality Education says they support the goal of high quality curriculum through the Common Core, but the method of the state department has taken a turn for the worse.
“Getting rid of one test in one grade is not making a serious commitment to addressing the problem,” he said. “What's happened is the way the state education department has rolled it out, it's all been focused just on the [standardized] testing.”
The New York State PTA agrees.
Executive Administrator Rick Longhurst said, “Reducing the number of tests, reducing the time spent on testing is definitely a direction that we need to move in.”
He added, “The beginning step is to fully engage with parents and other people who will be responsible for making the Common Core work.”
“We will listen to those concerns and make any adjustments,” said King on Friday. “But I want to be very clear, we are committed to the work of the Common Core. We are very committed to the work of teacher and principal evaluations.”
Longhurst said, “The outcome is something we'll have to wait and see.”
The next common core hearing is Monday in Westchester County. For the full schedule of hearings, click here.
Letter from Dr. King